Pilgrim Memorial Monument, Provincetown, Mass
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Inscription upon the bronze tablet on the face of the monument. Written by Dr. Charles W. Eliot, President Emeritus of Harvard College. On November 21st, 1620, the Mayflower, carrying 102 passengers, men, women, and children, cast anchor in this harbor 67 days from Plymouth, England. The same day the 41 adult males in the company solemnly covenanted and combined themselves together "into a civill body politick." This Body Politic established and maintained on the bleak and barren edge of a vast wilderness a state without a king or a noble, a church without a bishop or a priest, a democratic commonwealth, the members of which were "Straightly tied to all care of each other's good and of the whole by every one." For the first time in history they illustrated with long-sufferings devotion and sober resolution the principles of civil and religious liberty in the practice of genuine democracy. Therefore the remembrance of them shall be perpetual in the great Republic that has inherited their ideals. Pilgrim Memorial Monument. Provincetown, Mass. Height 252 Feet, Cost $90,000.00. This Pilgrim Memorial Monument, which stands upon Town Hill, Provincetown, Mass., and which is a landmark for many miles around, is erected to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrims at Cape Cod, November 11th, 1620, their anchoring in this harbor. The adoption in the cabin of the "Mayflower," on the day of the arrival, of the Compact of the Government, the first charter of a democratic government in the world's history. The birth here of Peregrine White, the first white child born in New England. The death of Dorothy Bradford, the wife of Wm. Bradford, afterward Governor of Plymouth. The explorations in search of a place for permanent colonizations, and the entire train of events which preceded the settlement of Plymouth. Title from item.
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